I then pursued a course of learning how to do the stuff. It seemed those who knew how didn’t really want to share with those who didn’t. I pursued training in hope of learning how to do the stuff. Morris Cerullo quoted John 6:28,29 as the answer to doing the miracles of God. “Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." Jesus had fed the 5000 and they wanted to know how to do what he did. That’s what I wanted. Bonnie’s dad had been miraculously healed turning my world upside down. It was the significant event in my coming to Christ.
Cerullo’s answer seemed too easy. All I have to do is believe in the one He has sent. I believe so why isn’t anything happening. I read every book by those who had signs and wonders accompanying their ministry. I studied, imitated and saw some healing and miracles. I wanted more.
Then I came reluctantly upon the Vineyard Church movement out of California. I didn’t really want to get involved with them but the other pastors in the city insisted I come with them to a conference in Vancouver. The Vineyard did everything wrong according to my studies. They stopped the worship before singing in the Spirit or prophecies. John Wimber read his messages except when he took a rabbit trail off. Then he talked about doing clinic like this was something you could just do anytime. What happened next astounded me! The Holy Spirit came and people were touched profoundly.
I realized that I had come under a form of New Testament legalism. Everything had to be done just so in hope that the Holy Spirit might show up. If we messed anything up in the formula, then the Holy Spirit was grieved and split the scene. I realized through John Wimber’s example that the Holy Spirit was not fragile but actually wanted to meet with His people more that we wanted to meet with Him. It took all the pressure off. No longer did I have to perform this ritual to please God hopefully winning His favour and seeing Him move. What a relief and a joy!
John used to talk about paying to play. They had people in their church paying their way around the world to be part of the prayer team. All these people were praying and seeing miracles happen. John stood on the platform and watched what they were doing. It was so exciting that believers could do what the bible said. So exciting that they were paying to go and do it.
It was very liberating. We get to do the stuff!
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